Najib: Pakatan’s manifesto was meant to delude people
PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan’s election manifesto was written to delude the rakyat, without any intention of delivering its promises, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The former prime minister said there was brouhaha on Friday when the Pakatan chairman admitted that they did not think they would win in GE14 when they wrote the manifesto.
“Let me translate that. The real meaning behind it (what the chairman said) is that they had no intention of fulfilling the pledges in the manifesto.
“It is akin to a man promising the stars and the moon when he courts a woman but after the marriage (but) he has nothing to show for it,” he said in a Facebook post yesterday.
On Friday, Bernama quoted Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as saying that the tollfree highways, as stated in Pakatan’s election manifesto, was not possible.
Dr Mahathir said he was against having such an election pledge then, adding also that the manifesto was drafted in the belief that Pakatan would not form the government.
Najib, in his Facebook posting yesterday, said that Barisan Nasional was different from Pakatan.
“When we unveiled a manifesto, we had every intention of fulfilling it,” he wrote.
He said records would show that most of Barisan’s promises had been fulfilled.
The Pakatan government, he said, did not even try to fulfil the pledges in their manifesto but instead, they came up with excuses.
Najib said he had discussed with almost all mentris besar and chief ministers as well as ministries when preparing Barisan’s manifesto.
“This is because we want to see what we can give the rakyat based on the country’s financial means.
“Up to a few hours before the announcement (of the manifesto), I was still scrutinising and correcting a few aspects, including adding more Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) at the last minute,” he said.